Community Development

The Town of Clifton Forge Community Development Department administers general planning functions and plan review, zoning enforcement, neighborhood property maintenance code enforcement, and land disturbing activities, construction permits and inspections. The Community Development Department includes the following:

Contact Information

Donald Ford (Director of Community Development)
Email: Send a Message
Phone: 540-863-2509
Fax: 540-863-2534

Address: 547 Main Street
Clifton Forge, VA 24422

ATTENTION CONTRACTORS

The Town of Clifton Forge is pre-qualifying contractors to bid on housing rehabilitation and new housing construction for the Lower Roxbury Neighborhood Revitalization Project.  If you are a Virginia licensed (minimum of a Class B License) and insured contractor and are interested in bidding on this work, please contact Don Ford, Director of Community Development, Town of Clifton Forge, at 540/863-2509 or dford@cliftonforgeva.gov for an application form.

The Town of Clifton Forge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority- & female-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.

Documents

Town of Clifton Forge Zoning Application (Fillable)

Alleghany County, VA Building Permit Application

Sign Application (Fillable)

Planning and Zoning

The planning and zoning division manages the Town’s Comprehensive Planning program and coordinates the Town’s plan review process. The division manages the Town’s zoning and subdivision ordinances. The planning and zoning division also provides staff support for the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals Board, and the Architectural Review Board. Activities managed by this division include rezoning and special use permits review, assistance in site plan/subdivision plat review and evaluation, development and maintenance of the comprehensive plan, and other planning activities involving transportation, housing, and resource protection. This division is also responsible for enforcing the zoning ordinance.

Building Permits and Inspections

The inspection division is responsible for ensuring public health, safety, and welfare associated with the design, construction, and utilization of public and private buildings. The Town inspector ensures compliance with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

Permits must be obtained to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, convert, or demolish any building within the Town limits. Permits are also required for installation or changes to electrical, plumbing, or mechanical systems.

Applications for all permits are filed in the Community Development Department and all applications must be approved and fees paid before work can begin. Work must be started within six months and continue over each six month period until work is complete to keep the permit valid.

The inspections division is also responsible for the property maintenance code enforcement of properties within the town. The code enforcement violations include high weeds and grass, trash and junk, inoperable vehicles, and housing maintenance code violations.

Using the process below, the town will notify the property owner of a violation. If the owner does not abate the violation within the allotted time, the town will take the necessary action to have the violation abated, including the issuing of summons as a last resort to ensure compliance.

• The town receives a referral or complaint from an individual about a violation on a property.
• Town staff inspects the property to determine if there is a violation.
• The owner of record is mailed a copy of the Notice of Violation giving an allotted time for when the violation should be abated.
• Town staff re-inspects the property.
• If necessary, the property owner is summoned to court.

To report a violation, call the Community development division at 540-863-2509.

Erosion and Sediment Control

The Town of Clifton Forge amended the Town Code of ordinances in 2009, in order to bring the town into conformance with state mandates. The amendments to the Code include clarification for when an Erosion & Sediment Control plan is required and when one is not, performance bonds, monitoring of a site, as well as penalties and fines for violations.

Should you have any questions or comments please contact the program administrator, Don Ford at 540-863-2509.

Parks and Trails – Meeting Minutes (link to webpage)

 

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